5 days in Iowa Itinerary

5 days in Iowa Itinerary

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5 days in Iowa Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
1
Des Moines
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Dubuque
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Des Moines

1
night
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the views from Roseman Covered Bridge, then steep yourself in history at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, then walk around Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and finally ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Blank Park Zoo and then cool off at Adventureland.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Des Moines route planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Des Moines. In September, daily temperatures in Des Moines can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Winterset, Adventureland
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Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Pappajohn Sculpture Park ©
Pappajohn Sculpture Park

3
nights
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Explore Dubuque's surroundings by going to Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum (in West Branch), Iowa 80 Trucking Museum (in Walcott) and Le Claire (Buffalo Bill Museum & Antique Archeology). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., examine the collection at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and walk around Eagle Point Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubuque trip planner .

You can drive from Des Moines to Dubuque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in September; daily highs in Dubuque reach 75°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Le Claire, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, National Motorcycle Museum, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
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Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

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